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How to Avoid Half Cadence Video Simulations

By Dan Keckan published April 23, 2018

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The first time I immersed myself in a video-based simulation, I felt like something was off, uneasy,, or just plain awkward. For those musically inclined, it was like hearing a half cadence or a sequence of incomplete notes. These half-cadence simulations are a source of great frustration because simulations are meant to bring the learner as close as possible to the ideal behavior or skill. However, when you fail to use this principle as your guide, you risk impeding the flow of realistic dialogue and creating an assessment rather than a simulation. What’s more, while an assessment is effective, it lacks the learner engagement necessary to achieve comprehension and retention.

To help instructional designers avoid half-cadence simulations, designers should follow 13 key guidelines. (I’ve created this job aid based on my past failures!)

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101: Don't Leave the Learner Behind

By Tiffany Lombardo published April 20, 2018

It’s important to take a step back and think about the learner. Most learners are busy, not just at work but in their personal lives as well.  Common sense tells us they don’t have much room in their brain to store information that is not directly relevant to their lives or jobs. When we ask them to take a training course, it needs to be engaging and easily connect key concepts to their everyday work.  Unfortunately, training often becomes a one size fits all solution that does not take the unique needs of learners into account.

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Save the Learners! Build an Open and Shut Serious Game Strategy

By Dan Keckan published March 12, 2018

(This article was published in the March, 2016 issue of Training Industry Magazine.)

Have you ever sat in front of an eLearning course that you spent 200-250 hours designing and developing and thought learners are going to love this course? They are going to love it so much, they will be motivated to take it. They are going to stick with it till the end and feel compelled to take it again as the Flow Theory suggests! If your answer is yes, then you have probably already incorporated a successful serious game strategy. If your answer is no then keep reading.

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8 Authentic Tips for New eLearning Professionals

By Meagan Lawton published March 4, 2018

When I started working at Cinécraft, I was totally new to eLearning. I had no experience writing courses or using eLearning-specific development tools. However, I had a background in multimedia and writing, and a strong desire to learn, so I knew I could be successful. Now, a year later, I can build courses with both Storyline and Captivate, and I’m thriving as an instructional designer. Continue reading

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Title Image: Should I record video In-Studio or On-Location?

By Chris Karel published November 14, 2017

Should I record video in-studio or on-location?

Choosing to record video in-studio or on-location can be a critical decision to make during pre-production. To begin, answer this question:

What kind of video story are you trying to tell?

Depending on the type of video story you are creating, your choice between studio or location, or a combination of the two, will emerge like caramelized onions in a savory rue. It takes time in the pre-production saute pan to make a decision that is best for your message, budget, and timeline. So let’s consider four factors that will give you awesome sauce on the screen.
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